Monday, May 20, 2013

Macy Jane Turner

I'm so happy to be back to blogging but even more happy to announce the birth of our sweet daughter, Macy Jane Turner who debuted on April 26th at 12:38pm at a whopping 9 lbs. 5 oz.  What?!?!

Here's the story for those of you who are interested and for those of you who are not, it'll be back to normal Simply Chic Mom posts tomorrow.

Day before Due Date
Woke up at 8am on my due date with my first contraction and it was a legit one.  They kept coming at 3-4 minutes apart and by contraction number three, I was on my hands and knees in the bathroom and then in the kitchen :)
We left for the hospital by 9am after quickly arranging childcare and hearing the midwife say, "yes, you should head here right away."
The strangest part of the drive was driving through downtown Chapel Hill and seeing students we know from church.  No, we did not stop to say "hi".

Made it upstairs and signed paperwork (there is a glitch in the system that you have to sign papers as you lean over the desk trying to deal with the pain). 

They took me into triage and at this point, I'm thinking "I did this once with no epidural but I'm not sure I want to do this again."  The midwife then checked me and let me know that I was at 7cm!  Dave, meanwhile, was parking the car (another glitch in the system- I was afraid he'd miss the birth with how long he was gone).

This guy is un-phased by labor!
My friend/doula, Jill, arrived by 10:30 am and had me take a walk into the hallway.  After about 4 steps, I felt like pushing!

The midwife came back in to check and I was at 9 1/2 cm.  She said she would break my water and I could have this baby now.  I, feeling scared of pushing, wanted to take a bath first.  Dave and Jill would have none of it :) - it was time to have a baby!
Pushing a 9 pound baby out was not the highlight of my life but I'm grateful for a skilled midwife and the encouragement from Dave and Jill.  She was born at 12:38pm...4 1/2 hours after my first contraction.


Meeting Macy was a highlight of my life.  Loved her immediately and can't believe the emotions of having a daughter.